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213 | Empower: Mental Health Awareness Training for the Local Church

Mental Health and the Mission of the Church, Thursday 9/14 2:15 – 3:30 PM, Workshop Tracks


Matthew Stanford, Ph.D.



Approved For CE

Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




One in five adults experiences mental illness every year, yet fewer than half of those receive treatment. Mental health problems affect people from all walks of life—no one is immune from psychological distress. Although mental illness is common, those who suffer often feel too ashamed to seek help. This can ultimately have devastating consequences—mental illness lessens an individual’s quality of life and can result in suicide. This practical workshop for ministry leaders will describe how to create a safe environment within a church community for those struggling with mental illness, develop safe and effective situational responses, and build a network to quickly connect those in distress to professional care.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe the Four Rs of mental health: Recognize, Refer, Relate, and Restore
2. Recognize the signs and symptoms of common mental disorders
3. Critique the Church’s role in supporting those struggling with mental health problems
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